a grandmother leaves her granddaughter an unusual quest.
Storypoem: The Golden Thread (a retelling of Anna Wahlenberg’s “The Magician’s Cape”)
Folk Tale: The Troll Ride (a retelling of Anna Wahlenberg’s “The Troll Ride”)
Rec. Read: “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” by Frederik Backman*
*this book isn’t written for kids, but apart from some mild swearing and some scary moments, I think it’s kid-kosher. If you’re unsure, please read it yourself before sharing with the kids in your life. It’s certainly no scarier than most of my beloved books by Roald Dahl!
I tend to get anxious about making yeast breads– What if it won’t rise? what if the milk was too hot and I killed the yeast? What if it was too cold and now nothing is happening?
This is also why planting seeds is hard for me– Is anything happening? How deep is 1/8th inch anyway? I killed everything and will never eat sweet peas again!
Nevertheless, I really love baking. I really love cinnamon and cardamom. And I really love beautiful things. And I had some back-up muffins in the freezer for our B&B guests in case this completely failed.
In spite of my stage-worthy drama, and after extra time in a warm oven, it all turned out fine. I even got to use my off-set spatula. 🙂
Sweden has a holiday for cinnamon buns: Kanelbullans Dag. I was told this came about after Vårfrudagen, Our Lady’s Day, (Our Lady = Mary), was misheard as Våffeldagen, or Waffle Day. (Yet another reason why Sweden is a great country!)
Give it a try:
Note the notes. My mom always checks off and dates a recipe when she makes it for the first time– maybe that’s the historical society director in her. She also makes a note for if she liked the recipe or not. I didn’t write it here, but I would make another half-recipe of the filling and spread it a bit thicker.
I’ve known Ross Sutter my whole life (quite literally– he was friends with my parents when they all lived at Hothorpe Hall in England). I’ve gone from being one of the kids who joins in in his shows to being the one who plays the Pied Piper.
While Ross, Marya Hart and Cheryl Paschke play beautiful Swedish folk tunes, the kids and I sneak out, and I turn them into tomtes. Then we come back and they help me tell a story. (You can download it for free here).
Here’s a glimpse of the tomtes getting up to mischief. (Thanks for the video, mom!)
I tell Swedish Christmas stories as Tomte Kajsa. Past performances include the American Swedish Institute, Sons of Norway lodges, and culture clubs. If you’d like me to come to your event, just send a message.
I’ve been dressing up as Tomte Kajsa and performing with Ross Sutter for years at this lovely event. This is the first time we get to kick off the season with shows the weekend right after Thanksgiving.
Beautiful music, a chance for the kids to be part of the show, and traditional dances around the tree.
Be sure to leave time for a trip through the Turnblad Mansion, all decked out for the holiday.
TICKETS: $5 ASI members adult; $3 ASI member child /$6 nonmember adult